First Line Friday #62: A New Shade of Summer

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Happy Friday, reader friends!!! It’s September!!! Wow, how did that happen?!!

I’m so excited because we are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary this month! God has richly blessed my life with that man and our four precious ones!

After you say hi and drop off your first line in the comments, hop around to the other First Line Friday ladies for more great book recommendations!

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A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese

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I jiggled the locked doorknob again and wished, not for the first time, that it was legal to use tranquilizer darts on adolescent boys.


I don’t know about y’all but I’m pretty sure I have experienced that scenario or at least the sentiment…

A New Shade of Summer is the third book in the Love in Lennox series and currently available for preorder! PLUS there is a goodreads giveaway!

Love in Lenox series

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So, open the book nearest to you and post the first line in a comment below!

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41 thoughts on “First Line Friday #62: A New Shade of Summer”

  1. Great first line! I’m also sharing a Nicole Deese book on my blog today: The Promise of Rayne.

    But for now I’ll share the first line today from the book I’m currently reading, Embracing Hope by Janell Butler Wojtowicz:

    Drew McKinley twisted he gold wedding band around and around his finger then made a tight fist.

    I’m looking forward to reading it – and getting to read something by Nicole Deese.


  2. I love that line! And this book is next on my TBR! Squeeeeee!!!!!

    I’m going to leave you with the first line from the book I just finished: Tamera Alexander’s “To Wager Her Heart”.

    Alexandra Jamison had always wanted a sister.

    Congrats on the anniversary! ❤


    1. Alexandra can have one of mine, lol! Just kidding (mostly) 😉 I always wanted a brother but just because I didn’t have one and the drama of a houseful of girls can be a bit overwhelming.
      And thank you, friend! ????


  3. Oh my goodness! That first line is awesome! Looks like I’ve got another fantastic book to add to my ever-growing TBR!

    I’m sharing about “The Day the Angels Fell” by Shawn Smucker on my blog today, but I’m going to share the first line from the book I’m currently reading, “Under Fire” by Linda Shenton Matchell.

    “Ruth Brown swiped the perspiration beads off her upper lip as her’s sister’s vacant coffin dropped into the ground with a dull thud.”


  4. My first line on my blog is from Lori Benton’s newest release, ‘Many Sparrows’. So as not to spoil the surprise of that line, I’ll share a first line of a book my son is reading.
    “Loony Coon did not even wait for his baby eyes to open to get into his first batch of trouble.”
    Loony Coon by Sam Campbell


  5. Sorry about this, Beth… my nearest first line is “Almost every culture or country cooks with beans and is famous for one bean recipe or another” from THE GREAT VEGAN BEAN BOOK. LOL! Not very romantic, is it!


  6. What a fun first line!!

    Happy Friday! My first line (sorry but actually two lines) is from Outlaw Angel by Miralee Ferrell:

    “Angel Ramirez woke with a start, her heart pounding a rolling beat in her chest. Someone was in her room.”


  7. That is a fantastic first line! I think my daughter was feeling that sentiment the other day when I talked to her on the phone. I say “talked to” but it really was listening to her and her boys.
    My first line is from The Outlaw’s Second Chance by Angie Dicken
    The Cherokee Strip September 15, 1893
    Aubrey Huxley rushed over when her father shoved his bony finger against the customer’s shoulder.

    Happy Friday!


  8. Hello, Ladies! This looks like a lot of fun. My first line is from The Broken, Book 1 of my new Amish series, Forbidden Amish Love by Tattie Maggard.

    With a still-shaking hand held over her mouth, Emily Graber took one last look, then stepped aside as the men loaded her vater into the long car.


  9. I definitely loved “A New Shade of Summer”, it made me want to go back and read “A Season to Love”.

    The dedication in one of the books that I am reading trumps the first line, for the author writes; “For my cousins . . . . . . . who fortunately never asked me to rob a train.”
    “Grace and the Preacher” by Kim Vogel Sawyer


  10. This is from An Improper Proposal by Davalynn Spencer-

    “The shooter did not flinch.”

    I’m also currently reading Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley. Here’s the first line from it:

    “It wasn’t too hot for 10:00 p.m. in the middle of May unless you were about to climb over the ledge of a fourteen-story building in downtown Memphis.”

    Love this idea of sharing first lines! 🙂


  11. Happy anniversary!! Fifteen years is great! 🙂

    My first line is coming from the next book I’m hoping to read (okay, honest truth, I’ve already started it but have set it aside a week or two).
    “Joyanna Shein glanced at her parents. She knew there was something wrong…there had been something wrong for days.”
    A Question of Honor, by Jesseca Wheaton


  12. This is the second Nicole Deese book I’ve come across in FLF today ~ I must put one of hers on TBR list! 🙂 What a funny – and true – first line!
    Happy Anniversary! May you have a blessed coming year together!


  13. She was young and lovely, in her late twenties, but she was dying of cervical cancer, which had spread to many parts of her body.
    More Glimpses of Heaven
    By Trudy Harris, RN


  14. The grandest adventure of her life waited on the other side of these tracks. That or the most humiliating debacle she’d ever created Either way, there was no going back. From Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer.


  15. “In the last days of Narnia, far up to the west beyond Lantern Waste and close beside the great waterfall, there lived an Ape.” – The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (Tim is reading it to the kids)

    I’m excited about your blog, Beth. I like to read when I can get a moment, but I hate having to start several books before I find one worth reading. Feel free to do the legwork for me. Right now I am in a Julie Klassen phase. Thank goodness my Albion Public Library card lets me check out ebooks even in Tanzania!


    1. ERIN!!! Hi, lady! How wonderful to see you here! Tell Tim I said hello.
      Oh, I’m delighted to do some leg work for ya! Yay for technology! I’ve been borrowing audiobooks on CL to listen to while I’m doing chores.
      Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving me a comment, dearie! You made my day!


  16. That’s a great first line! I am a high school teacher, so I can relate to this sentiment. Happy anniversary! I hope you have a blessed anniversary.

    I am currently reading Many Sparrows by Lori Benton. What an AMAZING book. My first line comes from chapter two:

    “Clare Margaret Inglesby, twenty-six years of age and eight months with child, wondered how she’d come to this: trapped in a jolting wagon advancing into perilous wilderness” (5).


  17. Afternoon Beth! Had to chuckle when I read that first line Beth! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

    My first line for Friday (I am a bit late as I was helping my mother care for my younger sister….who both live next door–a God thing!…after she had foot surgery last Wednesday and care for her two dogs for her)…, am posting late.

    My first line is from The Cherished Quilt #3 The Amish Heirloom Series by Amy Clipston…

    “Christopher Hochstetler shivered despite the hot June sun beating down on his black church hat.”

    Blessings, Tina


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